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Old 09-03-2015, 05:10 AM   #1
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Slideout water retention

We have a 2014 Redwood and are having an issue with water retaining on top of the p/s slide out when it's raining. When we bring the slide in, the water is not swiped off, thus water runs down the slide out walls and seeps into the carpet and onto the vinyl. Has anyone had this issue and if so, how was it fixed? We took the trailer back to the dealership and they, basically, told us they could not fix it. In fact, dealing with the dealership has been nothing short of the most horrible experience we've ever encountered. We were lied to and then what they said they repaired, they did not. Needless to say, we are very frustrated Redwood owners.
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Old 09-03-2015, 05:53 AM   #2
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I've only had to bring in the slides once while it was raining. We did get some water on the sides of the slide-out. I remember wiping down the front window on the one slide-out. You should get up on the roof of your unit and take a look at the top seal on the slide-out to see if the seal is installed to high. If it is installed high, you could lower it if there is room to do so. It could be a gnarly job because the track that holds the seal in place is screwed on and caulked in place.
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Old 09-03-2015, 07:25 AM   #3
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I have not had to put in our slides in the rain or even after a rain on our RW. We did have this on our previous 5er and I always lifted the front jacks to make sure all water had run off before putting in the sides. I learned this as a solution to getting rid of all the water. Even if your seal works great you will still get some water on the sides of the slides if the top is soaked when you put the slides in while raining.
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Old 09-03-2015, 01:17 PM   #4
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Great reason to purchase some slide toppers... They MAY hold some water depending on how heavy it rained , BUT as soon as you start to retract the slide , the water runs off the edge...
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Old 09-03-2015, 02:35 PM   #5
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We have a 2014 Redwood and are having an issue with water retaining on top of the p/s slide out when it's raining. When we bring the slide in, the water is not swiped off, thus water runs down the slide out walls and seeps into the carpet and onto the vinyl. Has anyone had this issue and if so, how was it fixed? We took the trailer back to the dealership and they, basically, told us they could not fix it. In fact, dealing with the dealership has been nothing short of the most horrible experience we've ever encountered. We were lied to and then what they said they repaired, they did not. Needless to say, we are very frustrated Redwood owners.
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Old 09-03-2015, 03:01 PM   #6
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Cathums,

If I bring mine in while raining I too get water, but that's been the case on on my 5ers. That top sweep isn't necessarily a wiper, more like a flashing that lays out on your roof when extended. It flips and pulls back in as soon as you start to retract.

I'm not saying you should see severe puddling on your slide roof. If thats what you have then something else is wrong, but otherwise I would say what you are experiencing may be normal.

As Ford Truck Guy says, slide toppers might help with that, if you can tolerate the disadvantages of them.
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Old 09-03-2015, 04:00 PM   #7
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Even with toppers you can still have some water on top of the slide: Ask me how I know
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Help us out by telling us what dealer so we won't go there !

But just like with your awnings,
give the slides some slant and let gravity do it

I used to retract the leveling jacks and then raise the front up very high while getting other things ready! By the time the truck, etc... was all ready, the slides were as dry as they could get...
(if "SWMBO" is inside, tell her BEFORE you start moving the rv though)
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sorry 'SWMBO' went right over my head.
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Old 09-03-2015, 05:35 PM   #10
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I agree with JB2... Raise the front jacks early and let all water run off... Living in Washington state we deal with a lot of water on the slide awnings. Todd built PVC supports to put under them while we are stationary, to keep them from stretching out. There is almost no rail-to-edge slant to ours, unfortunately, so the water simply pools on the awning. THEY ARE LARGE AWNINGS and I suspect that is a LOT of weight for them to support, it's like a POND up there if we don't put the supports in there!
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